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Small hawk. Seen on Sept 18 in Southern BC being chased by smaller birds and landing in tree. Distance shot and very misty day so facial markings not very clear. Thanks in advance.

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This appears to be a juvenile Northern Goshawk with the heavily-streaked buffy breast, pale supercilium, and the many wavy, thinner tail bands.  Merlins have dark eyes and thin pale bands on a dark tail.

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1 minute ago, The Bird Nuts said:

This appears to be a juvenile Northern Goshawk with the heavily-streaked buffy breast, pale supercilium, and the many wavy, thinner tail bands.  Merlins have dark eyes and thin white bands on a dark tail.

Yeah, I agree.  

Location next time please! :classic_smile:

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1 hour ago, The Bird Nuts said:

This appears to be a juvenile Northern Goshawk with the heavily-streaked buffy breast, pale supercilium, and the many wavy, thinner tail bands.  Merlins have dark eyes and thin pale bands on a dark tail.

Agree... look at the bulkiness in pic 3 as well.

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Thanks for the correction.  I foolishly convinced that the light iris was an eye-ring, and didn't think about goshawk at all, though southern BC certainly seems fine for them.

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Thanks all. Never thought of a Goshawk as it is a first for me. Sorry not to be detailed enough in location. We are in Southeastern BC near the US border in an area called the Pend Oreille (confluence of the Columbia and Pend O rivers). 

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